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State voter-ID law is draconian

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North Carolina’s draconian voter-ID law. Plaintiffs will have to hope higher courts think differently. The law, passed in 2013 after the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, requires voters to show one of eight forms of photo ID. The law also eliminated same-day voter registration and preregistration for…

Do Republicans want the national spotlight on HB2?

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist For weeks, House Bill 2 has made national and international headlines, thrusting North Carolina into the spotlight over bathroom access and rights – or lack thereof – for transgender people. More recently, Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican legislative leaders in North Carolina filed separate lawsuits asking…

Finding our way out of a locked bathroom

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D.G. MARTIN Syndicated Columnist What can we do about House Bill 2? Polls show North Carolinians divided about the new law. Answers to polling questions depend upon how the questions are asked. Most North Carolinians, even supporters of transgender rights, do not want men to barge into women’s bathrooms. And…

Go play a serious game

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JOHN HOOD Syndicated Columnist The presidential contest is now set. It’s Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump (vs. likely Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson vs. likely Green nominee Jill Stein, both of whom will attract voters disenchanted with the major-party options.) Expect Clinton and Trump to fight nasty. They think they have…

Let HB2 fight play out in court

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory didn’t have many options, but the best option was the one he took. A lawsuit against the federal government over the legality of HB2 will, hopefully, help codify discrimination protections for the nation as a whole, and it will give the governor and General Assembly…

Unaffiliated candidates fight for ballot access

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PATRICK GANNON Syndicated Columnist Like dozens of his General Assembly colleagues, Rep. John Bradford III, a Cornelius Republican, thought he would have it easy come November. As of right now, the first-term legislator has no competition in the fall election. His name was expected to be the only one to…

Budget proposal would lock in a formula for failure

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ALEXANDRA FORTER SIROTA Guest Columnist Just a few weeks into the 2016 state legislative session, North Carolinians already are seeing how limited policymakers’ aspirations are for the future of the state’s communities and families. First, the governor proposed a state budget that fell far short of what North Carolina needs…

NC joins the Magnificent Seven

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When it comes to economic growth, North Carolina is one of the Magnificent Seven. No, I’m not going to make an argument that the Tar Heel State is somehow analogous to the characters played by the likes of Steve McQueen or Yul Brynner in the classic 1960 Western — or…

Fund will protect clean land and water

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U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, the Republican from Winston-Salem, deserves a big nod for his role in passing legislation that will help preserve clean land and water in North Carolina and the rest of the nation. Burr was instrumental in the U.S. Senate’s permanent re-authorization of the Land and Water Conservation…

Standing up for religious liberty

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ED FEULNER Guest Columnist To see religious liberty under attack in the United States is disheartening — and more than a little ironic. This nation was founded, after all, by people seeking a land where they were free to live their faith without fear of persecution. Not simply to believe…